The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: February 18 to 20



Leaving the house = still awesome. Some recommended critic's picks are right over here. Other beaucoup weekend events (such as Motörhead) are previewed elsewhere. And below, ten more good bets for the weekend.

All Weekend: Crankfest @ Cranky Yellow Info about this all-ages art and music celebration can be found here.

Friday: Anja McCloskey @ the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center The Southampton, England, singer/songwriter/accordionist is in the States to support a new EP, Turn Turn Turn, which was released on Sotones Records. RIYL Joanna Newsom, Lavender Diamond. With CJ Marie, Fragile Farm. 8 p.m. $5.

Beat Bash! @ Lola The perfect way to start the weekend. Nato Caliph, Alexis Tucci (and Hot House Sessions), Downstereo and DJ Alejan will be performing - and collaborating -- in honor of the almighty beat. 9 p.m.

The Takedown @ Old Rock House The band celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight. With the Vondrukes and John Florek. 9 p.m. $7. 21+.

Saturday: Wayne "The Train" Hancock @ Off Broadway The country musician returns to St. Louis and Off Broadway, a home away from home. With Pokey LaFarge & the South CIty Three. 8 p.m. 21-plus: $12, Under 21: $15. Thee Oh Sees @ The Gargoyle The Bay Area garage purveyors are here as part of 2011's KWUR Week. More info on that -- and more shows -- here.

The Hunted CD Release Party @ Old Rock House Drummer Steve Hunt of New World Spirits releases an album by his other band. $5. All-ages.

Magic City/Theodore @ Schlafly Tap Room A solid local bill from these two fantastic live rock bands. Free. 9 p.m.

Sunday: Heypenny, We're Wolf and Dubb Nubb @ Off Broadway Nashville pop purists Heypenny join local indie-folk darlings We're Wolf and Dubb Nubb. 8 p.m. 21-plus, $7, Under 21 $10

Truth & Salvage Co. @ Blueberry Hill's Duck Room Signed to Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's label, Silver Arrow, this LA group specializes in rootsy Americana. The band's debut, self-titled album, came out last year. 8 p.m. $10.